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01 February 2010 @ 04:05 pm
snake snack  
My mom sent me some pictures this morning.

So, there's this snake, right? And our snake is winding through the desert when it happens upon a Monitor Lizard. M. Snake hasn't eaten for a while, so he dives right in:

(Some people put up guideposts so this impressive meal wouldn't be interrupted. They had a feeling this was going to take a while.)

As you can see, our hero had bitten off more than was, technically speaking, chewable:

Fortunately, snakes have never seen much point in chewing their food, so this wasn't exactly the end of the world.

M. Snake did, however, have a daunting meal to consume.

If you ask me, this whole process looks like it could use some water or lube or something.

But what do I know? I'm not a snake.

Which is just as well, frankly, 'cause ow:

NOM NOM NOM. Giving a whole new meaning to "full".

*brrrrp!* Naptime?

I'm feeling: chipperchipper
Beahbeah on February 1st, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
That is totally amazing. Thanks for sharing! I wonder, did the snake get far after lunch? I hope his lair was nearby.
veek on February 1st, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
Right, then! :D

Of course, of course it reminds me of Saint-Éxupery.
Brother Claymore of Desirable Mindfulnesslifecollage on February 2nd, 2010 02:41 am (UTC)
V. true - I want my diagram.
pumpkin_pi on February 1st, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
Very cool!! :)
David Policardpolicar on February 1st, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC)
And here I thought it was a bunch of pictures of a hat.
catcatya on February 1st, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
:) :) :)
Rowan: Wintermzrowan on February 1st, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
Wow, how long was it between photos?
catcatya on February 1st, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
that's a fabulous series of pictures
Boring Nerd: boring nerdsignsoflife on February 1st, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
That's so awesome. Were these taken in Montana? Do you know what kind of snake it is? How big is the snake? How long did it take?

You totally cheered up a couple of bio geeks this afternoon. . .
Boring Nerdsignsoflife on February 1st, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
And I just looked up "How do snakes breathe while eating?" and found this great answer.
Boring Nerdsignsoflife on February 1st, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
(and can I just say my labmate was all, "poor snake! I hope it's all right!")
powered by nightshadessrl on February 1st, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
Neat photos. The Montana Field Guide suggests that it's probably a gophersnake.
Misanthropic extrovertdbang on February 1st, 2010 10:30 pm (UTC)

I can't make out what was getting eaten. A super large rat? An armadillo? A possum?
Boring Nerdsignsoflife on February 1st, 2010 10:32 pm (UTC)
It's a monitor lizard.
Misanthropic extrovertdbang on February 1st, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC)

*shudder* I think that pic is going to give me nightmares. The way the snake's skin stretched out? Ew ew ew ew.

(I've never had a problem watching snakes eat, but I've never watched one eat something quite THAT much bigger than its head.)
Minervaminerva42 on February 1st, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Thanks for sharing.
Medyani: Gackmedyani on February 2nd, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
Oh, the cool!
it's a vain pursuit but it helps me to sleeprezendi on February 2nd, 2010 05:01 am (UTC)
Icon love.
kimcobkimcob on February 2nd, 2010 12:09 am (UTC)
Beowabbit: Food: Christmas dinner at my sister'sbeowabbit on February 2nd, 2010 12:17 am (UTC)
Wow! Very very cool. Thank you for posting the photos!
harimad on February 2nd, 2010 01:55 am (UTC)
That was fascinating. How long did the process take, I wonder? Thanks too to your mom for sharing.
born from jets!!!catness on February 2nd, 2010 02:58 am (UTC)
I really don't miss living in Colorado where snakes and their eating habits were part of my usual landscape. ;)
Chance: gator-deermiss_chance on February 2nd, 2010 03:39 am (UTC)
being a snake means always getting sand in your picnic lunch, it appears.
Hawk Handsawhawkhandsaw on February 2nd, 2010 04:34 am (UTC)
Thank you for the content warning. Bleagh.
funner'n a sack a weaselsmoominmolly on February 2nd, 2010 05:31 am (UTC)
Holy shit I love nature!
Vinnie Teslavinnie_tesla on February 2nd, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
Phew! Close call.
Boring Nerd: cthulhu eyebrowssignsoflife on February 2nd, 2010 08:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's the image that gives *me* the heebie-jeebies.